Semi-Private and Private Rooms

BIDMC has both semi-private (two beds) and private rooms. In most cases, you will be assigned to a semi-private room unless you request otherwise.

Please note that many health insurance plans will not cover the extra cost of a private room unless it is medically necessary or if no semi-private rooms are available. There is no extra charge for private rooms in obstetrics.

Because of space constraints, we ask that you have no more than two visitors at a time in your room.

Your bed can be adjusted to your comfort by using the control panels on the side rails. Handheld controls are also available. The control panels also allow you to operate the TV, adjust the lighting in your room, and call your nurse.

Bring Only Essential Items

Space in the rooms is limited, so you may want to have only essential items, such as a robe, slippers, and toiletries. Hair dyers are not allowed.

Please keep wireless devices, when powered, at least three feet from medical equipment to avoid any potential interference.


Your nurse will explain how you will get your meals (taking into account any eating restrictions pertaining to your care).

  • In some cases, meals are brought to your room at certain times.
  • In other cases, you may choose when you wish to receive each meal and order it yourself.

Either way, you will have a choice of a variety of menu items, depending on the diet your doctor has prescribed. Special items, such as kosher foods, can be provided on request.